Today is the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.
As my friend and colleague Tom East has said, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”
Continue reading Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called
On Friday night, we held FREEDOM – our annual reconciliation event for youth – at St. Joseph Parish in Langley. Close to 300 teens and young adults packed the parish hall for an evening of prayer, worship, praise, skits, witness, and catechesis.
Also, there were over a dozen priests (including Archbishop Michael) present to hear confessions. I spoke to a couple of them and they said that the quality of the confessions was really good. I’ve also heard priests in the past say that the event affirms their priesthood. That’s kinda cool.
Continue reading Let it Go (Giving up Control): Reflections on FREEDOM
Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.
Here’s a look at my day…diary style.
6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.
7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.
8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building. Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.
8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre
We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.
This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.
Continue reading Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations
A month ago I wrote about Matt Maher and his new song “Because He Lives”.
I’m thrilled to share our rendition of the song; a powerful proclamation of the life that we have because of Jesus.
This cover features Joseph San Jose, Monica Lou Ponce, and Marion Cheah. I’m impressed by their talent and musicianship, but more importantly by their faithfulness and humility.
I hope you enjoy listening and watching this as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Continue reading Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Cover)